Capp on track for Railway

Cappella Sansevero heads a quartet of two-year-olds bidding for Royal Ascot compensation in today’s GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

Capp on track for Railway

Ger Lyons’ colt got the closest of any in the field to success last week when he flew home late and fast to take second behind The Wow Signal in the Coventry Stakes.

He had won his three wprevious starts, including the Listed Marble Hill Stakes at the Kildare track, and was bought by Qatar Racing for the considerable sum of £1,300,000 at the Goffs London sale on the eve of Ascot.

Peter Chapple-Hyam is trying Norfolk Stakes third Ahlan Emarati over an extra furlong, while Aidan O’Brien’s War Envoy and Richard Hannon’s Kool Kompany were ninth and 12th respectively but not far behind Cappella Sansevero in the Coventry Stakes.

“It’s not ideal to be running so soon but it’s the way the programme book has mapped out,” said Lyons.

“I’ve not done much with him since Ascot but he seems well in himself. Peter Chapple-Hyam’s horse, Aidan’s and Richard Hannon’s were all there as well at Ascot, and we’ll find out what toll it has taken out of them.

“If he runs to the level he has shown, then he should take a lot of beating.”

It will be a big occasion for Rathangan trainer Michael O’Callaghan, who fields Rapid Applause and I Will Excel, who both avoided Royal Ascot.

“It’s unusual for me two have two runners in a race like this, but if you have two nice horses, why not run them,” he said.

“Rapid Applause won very nicely at Cork back in April and had a setback after that. Whether he’ll need the run, we’ll find out here, but he has strengthened up for a bit of a break. He’s a very fast horse with a natural cruising speed.

“I Will Excel ran very well first time at Naas to finish close behind Kool Kompany and with natural improvement, you’d hope he’d be right up there.

“I thought he’d improve the next time when he went to Leopardstown but he got a bit far back behind the winner, Battle Of Marathon.

“I think a stiff six at the Curragh will suit, and we’ll be looking to make more use of him.”

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